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Kicking Television

Last night was a quiet evening with the puppies, watching the teevee. I missed last week's Arrested Development, and so I was determined not to miss this week's. It was pretty good; not a classic, but GOB's training video was completely insane...

...afterwards I was flipping around and saw that HBOComedy was showing yet another George Carlin routine - but this one was from 1978. It's funny - Carlin's got this reputation as being a really filthy comedian - at least, that's what I had been brought up thinking, even though my own parents took me to see him perform when I was probably 13 or 14 - but the truth of the matter is that when you come right down to it, he's really just a linguist. His entire comedy routine - and I'm talking about his ENTIRE body of work - is fundamentally about the foibles of the English language. What was really interesting is that this particular show ended with an updated version of his infamous "Seven Dirty Words" bit. In 1978 you can just imagine how controversial this material is - the audience titters and squeals with every "motherfucker" or "cocksucker" or whathaveyou - and then I think about how tame this same routine would be today - even though it's still true.
Uh...
we turned the TV on at "Arrested" time and it was an infomercial.
What happened?
And why does god hate me?
I don't think Arrested Development was on last week, so I doubt you missed anything.